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George Allen, London. Butterworth, G. E. (1976) Asymmetrical search errors in infancy. Child Dev. 47, 864-867. Butterworth, G. E. (1977) Object disappearance and error in Piaget’s stage IV task. J. Exp. , 23, 391-401. Clark, E. V. (1973) Non-linguistic strategies in the acquisition of word meaning. , 2, 161-182. Cornell, E. H. (1978) Learning to find things: a reinterpretation of object permanence studies. In L. S. Siegel and C. J. ), Alternatives to Piaget, Academic Press, New York. Crowder, R.

This may be evidence for a conceptual advance in dealing with object function, but needs much more study. Infant search tasks 259 Conclusions It is now clear that the way in which an object is concealed can play an important part in determining accuracy in a search task. Evidence was found for the proposition that if cups be used in their customary orientation, performance is better than if they are inverted. Various factors have been eliminated from the investigation, including an object-independent cavity-upwards bias, differential methods of placing the object, and differential efficiency of concealment.

The final step is to work with observed chance-level baselines. These occurred in the last two experiments, yielding evidence for a facilitation effect in Experiment 4 and both facilitation and retardation in Experiment 5. Therefore it is safest to assume that both effects are operative, and that it must be left to future work to find conditions which produce only facilitation or only retardation. The critical question that wilI have to be dealt with is the choice of an appropriate baseline for each set of tasks.

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